Community Resources

The Special Needs Task Force of the White Oak Library District has curated a vast amount of information to assist those in our communities who have special needs. We have collected websites and information in the following categories, which are represented below: Mental or Physical Disabilities, Blind and Low Vision, Homeless and Low Income, Dementia Help and Support, Job Seeking, Deaf and hard of Hearing, Addiction Treatment, Resources for Seniors (General and Transportation), Resources for Children with Special Needs.

We are no longer accepting resource links from outside organizations.

Resources for Understanding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Mental or Physical Disabilities Resources

AccessText Network works with publishers and colleges/universities to ensure students with disabilities have timely access to textbooks in an accessible format.

ADA Web Search Portal allows people to search for and find information about the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Anxiety and Depression Association of America provides information and resources for the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety and mood disorders, OCD, and PTSD.

The Arc of Illinois provides programs, support, and advocacy for people with disabilities.

Center for Disability Services provides programs and services to advance the independence of people with disabilities.

Cerebral Palsy Group is an online resource for anyone who has been affected by cerebral palsy, brain injuries, or birth injuries

Cerebral Palsy Guide is a national support organization dedicated to educating individuals and families about cerebral palsy.

Cerebral Palsy Guidance
 was created to provide answers and assistance to parents of a child with cerebral palsy. Their goal is to reach as many members of the cerebral palsy community as possible, building up a network of support, as well as providing necessary assistance.

Cornerstone Services serves people with physical or developmental disabilities, mental illnesses, and sensory impairments. 

Crisis Line provides free, confidential counseling 24/7.

Easter Seals provides services including medical rehabilitation, job training, recreation and more to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities.

Illinois Department of Human Services provides information for registering with the Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS) database, and services for people with developmental disabilities. 

Illinois Health Care Portal contains various resources for people with disabilities including services for deaf and hard of hearing people and children with special needs, as well as rehabilitation and mental health services.

Little Friends provides programs and services for children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Mental Health America of Illinois provides information and resources related to mental illness.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) works to promote mental health through advocacy, educational programs, and public awareness events. NAMI also provides a national help line for referral, information, and support.

Northern Will County Special Recreation Association (NWCSRA) provides year-round recreational programs and events for individuals with special needs and abilities. 

PsychCentral offers support group resources for specific mental/emotional disorders, including online and Facebook groups.

St. Coletta's of Illinois provides educational, vocational and residential services for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Trinity Services provides services for adults and children with disabilities as well as family support services.

Blind and Low Vision Resources

Braille Institute provides free books to youth with vision loss or low vision, and mobile apps to empower and educate.

Illinois Talking Books provides a free Braille and audio reading download service as well as registration for talking books and playback equipment, which are mailed free to and from library patrons.

Meaningful Access Program provides a free currency reader for all U.S. citizens and legal residents who are blind or visually impaired, as well as currency identification mobile apps.

National Eye Institute provides resources for finding low vision specialists, services, and information.

VisionAware provides information for adults with vision loss, including practical tips for living with vision loss, a directory of national and local services, and a supportive online community.

Vision Center is an informational web guide created for those seeking eye surgery and other vision correction options. All content published on Vision Center is researched, written, and edited by licensed optometrists, experienced journalists, and other medical writers in the industry.

Addiction & Treatment Resources

Addiction Center: Illinois is a professional webguide that can connect addicts and families with recovery and treatment options.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) offers a 12-step program of recovery from the effects of alcohol addiction including regular attendance at group meetings and sponsorship.

Making Friends in Recovery offers some tips on where to meet new people, how to engage with them, and what to do for sober fun.

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) offers a 12-step program of recovery from the effects of addiction including regular attendance at group meetings.

Rehab Centers in Illinois offers a list of rehab centers in Illinois.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides resources including helplines and treatment center locators to improve national behavioral health.

Homeless and Low Income Resources

Daybreak Center: Catholic Charities provides emergency housing and support services to homeless people and families. serves as a resource for finding food banks, soup kitchens, and other food assistance nationwide.

The Harvey Brooks Foundation's mission is to contribute to the community, and provide resources for members of all ages; youth to adults. The foundation provides economic support, and programs to develop life skills. 

Lamb's Fold Women's Center provides services to homeless and abused women and children including food and shelter, counseling, and transportation.

MorningStar Mission provides religious services, food, clothing, and shelter for those in need.

Northern Illinois Food Bank provides nutritious meals to those in need.

Sleep Accommodation Directory by State provides information on where you can go to sleep if you are homeless.

Will County Center for Community Concerns (WCCCC) provides energy and weatherization assistance, housing counseling, and other aid to low/moderate income people.

Will-Grundy Medical Clinic provides free medical and dental care to qualifying low-income adults who have no health insurance.

Dementia Help and Support Resources

The Alzheimer’s Association works to end Alzheimer’s and provides information, education, and support resources for individuals with dementia and their families, including a 24/7 helpline.

Alzheimer's Foundation of America  provides optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families-through our member organizations dedicated to improving quality of life.

Dememtia Friendly America is a multi-sector collaborative on a mission to foster "dementia friendly" communities

Job Seeking Resources

Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) is your direct link to Illinois workforce services: job placement and referrals, unemployment insurance, employment and training programs, career and labor market information, payroll tax filing, and more.

Workforce Services Division of Will County offers free resources for job seekers in Will County including clothes for work, a mobile workforce center, workshops, job search tools, and more.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Resources

American Sign Language University is resource site for ASL students and teachers. Here you will find information and resources to help you learn ASL and improve your signing.

ASL Pro's mission is to serve the needs of the ASL Educational Community. We strive to provide free, easy-to-use reference and learning tools to enhance in-classroom learning for ASL Educators and their Students.

Learn Sign Language Online
is dedicated to the memory of Lloyd Bridges & Jim Scoggins.  Best friends and pioneers of Deaf rights and equal access for Deaf Americans.

Sertoma Speech and Hearing Center
 provides speech and hearing health care, including diagnostic services, treatment counseling, and rehabilitation.

Resources for Seniors

- General -

Senior Services Center provides resources, services, and support for seniors and their families.  Information and assistance are available for topics including assistance programs for prescription drugs and income/property tax as well as Medicare and Medicaid.

- Consumer Health and Safety -

Consumer provides consumers with the information to lead safe, healthy and happy lives.

Genetics Home Reference is the National Library of Medicine's website for consumer information about genetic conditions and the genes or chromosomes associated with those conditions.

Health & Human Service resources for healthy aging.

Medline Plus is the world’s largest medical library, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. It offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

National Institute on Aging is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. NIA is the primary Federal agency supporting and conducting Alzheimer's disease research.

Toxnet provides resources for searching databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases

Resources for Seniors (continued)

- Sleep -

Dementia and Sleep Disorders: This article takes a closer look at the link between dementia and sleep disorders, as well as some strategies for diagnosing different conditions and mitigating dementia-related sleep issues.

Diseases and Their Effects on Sleep: This article looks at common diseases and their effects on sleep.

Sleep and Aging - A Senior Guide to Sleep: As we age, most of us will experience bodily changes that affect how we sleep. These changes often become more pronounced later in life, and the effects may be influenced by chronic illness or the side effects of prescription medication.

Sleep Guide for Seniors: Good health is directly connected to good sleep, and poor quality of sleep and not enough sleep can have negative effects on health. This is especially true for seniors who commonly experience sleep disorders, take medications, and have chronic health issues like heart disease and diabetes, among other conditions — all of which can impact sleep.

- Transportation -

Lockport Township Senior Transportation System offers transportation for Lockport residents age 55 or older to and from health facilities, businesses, and retail establishments. (24-hour advanced reservation is required. )

Pace Dial-a-Ride offers transportation to senior citizens and individuals with disabilities. (24-hour advanced reservation is recommended.)

Village of Romeoville Ride Around Town offers transportation to Romeoville residents within a ten-mile radius of Romeoville for various appointments, shopping, or dining.  (48-hour advanced reservation is required.)

Will Ride Dial-a-Ride provides transportation services to Will County residents age 65 or older, have a disability, or need transportation to work. (24-hour advanced reservation is required.)

- Travel-

Destinations for Travelers Over 60 provides information on the 6 best food & wine destinations for travelers over 60

Seniors Travel Insurance provides things to think about when travelling.

Seniors Traveling Solo: Some Great Solutions
 provides tips for travelling alone.

Travelers' Health: Senior Citizens provides information on what to think about when travelling.

Resources for Children with Special Needs

- General -

Autism Society of Illinois provides education, training, support, and guidance for families and communities living with autism in Illinois.

Central Illinois Down Syndrome Organization provides support services and information and education to families and interested persons as well as recreational, social, vocational, and residential opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome.

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) provides information, resources, advocacy, and events for children and adults as well as families of people with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.

Special Needs Resource Project (SNRP) helps parents of children with chronic health issues, disabilities, and special needs search for helpful information, resources, equipment, and services.

Specialized Care for Children is a division of the University of Illinois at Chicago, and assists families through a Care Coordinator, who will help set up free diagnostic testing, locate specialized care providers, answer insurance questions, and provide resources, information, and support.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income people and families.

- Educational -

Childswork/Childsplay provides proprietary child therapy including play therapy resources to address the social and emotional needs of children and adolescents, ages 3 – 18.

Illinois Early Learning Project provides informational resources on early care and education for families, caregivers, and teachers of young children in Illinois.

U.S. Department of Education: My Child's Special Needs provides information on loans, grants, laws, and data to promote student achievement.

- Medical -

All Kids program offers many Illinois children comprehensive healthcare.

Exceptional Lives provides free guides to help families of children with disabilities gain better access to services and supports.  Guides include how to create an effective IEP, how to access special education and how to apply for SSI. serves parents, kids, teens, and educators looking for family-friendly, knowledge, perspective, advice, and comfort.

National Organization for Rare Disorders provides programs of education, advocacy, research, and patient services related to rare diseases.

UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation provides medical grants to help children access health services not covered, or not fully covered, by their family’s commercial health insurance plan.